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Governance of Parliament

Speaker at Prime Minister's Questions, 16 March 2022. © UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

How does Parliament govern itself? Who controls the business and procedures in both Houses? Which individuals and bodies provide leadership, and how are their powers distributed? Do MPs and Peers have sufficient resources to perform their legislative and scrutiny functions?

News / Democratic decision-making in health emergencies: Learning the lessons of the Covid pandemic - Parliament Matters podcast, Episode 37 transcript

This week we have a compelling conversation with human-rights barrister Adam Wagner as we delve into the findings of the Independent Commission on UK Public Health Emergency Powers. Just before the general election was called, the Commission published its final recommendations, aiming to reshape law-making in the event of a future health emergency in the UK.

31 May 2024
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News / General election called: What now for Parliament? - Parliament Matters podcast, Episode 36 transcript

This week, we dive into the unexpected political shake-up in Westminster, where Rishi Sunak’s decision to call a general election has thrown Parliament into turmoil. The Prime Minister’s surprising move to hold the election in early July, rather than waiting until Autumn, has sent shockwaves through the political landscape.

24 May 2024
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News / Democracy is in danger, warns Theresa May - Parliament Matters podcast, Episode 35 transcript

Former Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, delivered a stark warning about the state of democracy in a powerful Churchill-Attlee Lecture commemorating the Hansard Society's 80th anniversary. This week, we also got a tantalizing glimpse of Labour's parliamentary strategy in a speech by Lucy Powell MP, the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. And Lib Dem Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP reveals the behind-the-scenes efforts and cross-party collaboration that led to a successful amendment this week to protect the safety of those on the parliamentary estate.

17 May 2024
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News / Is the Conservative Party falling apart? - Parliament Matters podcast, Episode 34 transcript

With no immediate general election in sight what can be achieved in Westminster before MPs finally make their rendezvous with the voters? And do the opportunities created by the defection of Natalie Elphicke MP outweigh the friction created by welcoming such a controversial new MP to Labour’s ranks? We talk to Professor Tim Bale about defeat, defections and the internal dynamics of the Conservative Party. And as Wayne David MP’s Private Members’ Bill to tackle SLAPPS – strategic lawsuits against political participation - grinds its way through Parliament we catch up on the Committee debate this week which saw MPs grappling with the fine technical detail of how to balance the right to sue for defamation with the right to enjoy free speech and not to be oppressed by legal bullying tactics.

10 May 2024
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News / Post Office Horizon Scandal: What is Parliament doing about it? - Parliament Matters podcast, Episode 33 transcript

Should Parliament simply overturn the convictions of postmasters caught up in the Post Office Horizon scandal? That’s what the Government proposes to do through the Post Office (Horizon system) Offences Bill. But quashing of convictions is normally a matter for the courts. Some MPs have misgivings about setting a constitutional precedent as well as practical concerns about how the Bill will be implemented. We talk to the Chair of the Justice Select Committee, Sir Bob Neill MP.

03 May 2024
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Guides / What is the King’s Speech?

06 Nov 2023
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Publications / A New Normal? Parliament after Brexit

09 Mar 2020
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Blog / Whose House Is It Anyway?

12 Oct 2017
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Events / Lord Speaker Hustings 2016

01 Apr 2016
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Briefings / What next for e-petitions?

18 May 2012
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Reports / Opening Up The Usual Channels

02 Dec 2002